Finals Series comments concerns


ORLANDO, Fla. – The proposed Finals Series, which could combine the top 75-100 off the Nationwide Tour with Nos. 126 through 175 or 200 off the PGA Tour in a three-event sprint to 50 Tour cards, is a hot topic on the Bay Hill range.

Although there is plenty to digest, the “integration” between the primary and secondary circuits has been in the making for years but cutting off even a slim avenue to the Tour via Q-School is a common concern.

There is also some unease over how this would impact up-and-coming players like Rickie Fowler or Gary Woodland, who both played their way from college to the Tour via Q-School.

“If this Q-School change was in effect 20 years ago Justin Leonard, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods would have been in the ‘minors’ for a year,” said one player. “I’m not sure we need our future superstars hanging there for a year, otherwise I’ve got no problem with it. The Nationwide Tour better prepares young guys to cope and succeed on the PGA Tour but veterans would love a Q-School chance in the fall.”